Let go of stuff and open door to new spirit

The season of spring always heightens my awareness of how much I appreciate openness. I emote something positive when I see signs that say “Open for business,” or when I think about the ‘open road’ or hear the musical ‘heart beat’ intro to Tom Petty’s ‘Into the Great Wide Open’.  Opening buds and blooms, open […]

Glenn Cochrane: Where never is heard an encouraging word

Sturdy Gert McCurdy is just back from her old stomping grounds in the frozen north, and she is positively brimming with news. She was invited up to the town of Miserable Lagoon to officiate at a Polar Bear throwing contest which, as it happens, was won by a local athlete named Big Bad Eddie Warburton. […]

An early dispatch from the moon

“This place is the moon,” said an experienced civil servant to a room full of rookie MPs, myself included, gathered on ‘the Hill’ in Ottawa.  “Back home in your riding, that’s earth.” As this column goes to print I’ve made my third lunar landing since May 2.  My trips to date have been for the […]

Bottoms Up: Wine terms you should know

Here are some wine terms you may encounter on labels or in your wine tasting. Old Vines Occasionally a wine label will state that the wine within is made from old vines. Sometimes it’s right in the wine’s name like Old Vine Zinfandel. What up with that? After grape vines reach a certain age they […]

The Main Menu: For the beef eater on Father’s Day

Typically Dads enjoy beef. On Father’s Day (June 19) serve any one of these three recipes to please his inner meat eater. Of course, the premium cuts – strip loin and tenderloin – are delicious but costly. If you decide to splurge, buy the cuts from a reputable butcher and inquire about the length of […]

Today’s container gardens have so much variety to offer

Container plants have made the big time this year—literally. For me, the memorable part of Kate and Will’s wedding wasn’t the dress or even the sweet pageantry. It was those 25-foot trees in planters that turned Westminster Abbey into a leafy green park.     (Note for enviro-fans: My sources said the trees – English maples and […]

Booze and gambling – The Beach’s sinful past is revealed

I was doing a historical ‘Jane’s Walk’ on May 8 with the collaboration of our Beach Metro News editor, Carole Stimmell, who did a great job telling the history of O’Sullivan’s Tavern on Kingston Road (which dated from the late 1840s), when one of the ladies on the walk asked me a question about alcohol […]

Religion has its place

A few weeks ago I heard a CBC radio interview with sociologist Reginald Bibby.  The CBC host kept asking if  religion was still needed in our secular culture. Dr. Bibby  tried to be diplomatic and scientific.  He laughed and said his data supported the idea that religion was valuable.   Yet the interviewer kept bringing the […]

Hug a tree – it’s making you richer

As Mother Nature ever so slowly beckons spring to the Beach, the residents of our beautiful neighbourhood are but mere days away from witnessing the revival of our marvellous oak tree forest and its wondrous canopy. This year it feels late to see our oaks return from their winter slumber. Or was last year just […]